Message from Dan Patterson: Let’s explore our Great Work at Day of Reflection

Dan PattersonI invite you to join your colleagues and me in exploring our “Great Work” at our annual Day of Reflection event, April 30 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

“Great Work” is the work that engages us, makes a difference and drives success at Niagara College. We’re very fortunate this year to have Tina Dias as a guest at Day of Reflection. A highly-regarded speaker and facilitator who has coached and inspired organizations around the globe, Dias will help us learn how to identify and self-manage our own “Great Work.”

The presentation is based on Michael Bungay Stanier’s book Do More Great Work, which draws a distinction between “Good Work” – the productive daily tasks that often form the bulk of our everyday work, and “Great Work.”

In today’s climate, competing demands can often leave us feeling challenged to stay on top of our “Good Work” without leaving enough time to pursue the “Great Work.” A cornerstone of our success at Niagara College has always been the quality of our team, and our shared commitment to our students’ satisfaction and success. Day of Reflection is an excellent opportunity for us, as an organization and as individuals, to explore ways to manage the challenges of our daily work and focus on work that stretches us, inspires us and truly makes a difference – for us and for our students. The program promises to be dynamic and fun, and it will also include interactive workshops that will help us explore the work we do.

Doors open at 7:45 a.m. for a light breakfast, and our Day of Reflection program begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a special lunch. Watch InsideNC for information and updates.  I hope to see you there. 

Dan Patterson, PhD

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